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tobynissly Apr 2, 2010 09:29 AM

I am from Baltimore and want to check out what D.C. has to offer for fantastic food for $15.00 or less. I'm looking for amazing food, not huge portions or great deals. I say this because my top three picks in Baltimore are basically carry out type places and I cannot live without them.
In no particular order they are:

1.Faidley's for crabcakes
2.Attman's for corned beef
3.Andy Nelson's for Barbeque

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    Steve Apr 2, 2010 10:55 AM

    My all-time top ten 'snacks' of the DC area:
    DC
    Rita's: (Trini) polori with pickled tamarind sauce, get the sorrel to drink
    Good Stuff Eatery: toasted marshmallow milkshake
    Pimento Grill: (Jamaican) Oxtail brown stew
    VA
    Taqueria El Charrito Caminante (Arlington), goat taco (horchata to drink)
    La Union Market (Arlington, Salvadoran) Veggie Enchilada (get the ensalada to drink)
    Cecilia's (Arlington, Bolivian): Saltena
    Fairfax Inn (Falls Church, Filipino): Daing Na Bangus - Marinated Milkfish
    MD
    Joe's Noodle House (Rockville): Shredded Radish - Sichuan
    China Bistro (Rockville): Any of the dumplings
    Max's (Wheaton) Felafel with toppings

    In direct comparison to your three favorites:
    DC
    Deli City - combo corned beef and pastrami
    Oohhs and Aahhs - broiled crabcake
    Breadline - bbq sandwich ordered on a ciabatta - Friday lunch only

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    Deli City Restaurant
    2200 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington, DC 20018

    El Charrito Caminante
    2710 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

    China Bistro
    755 Hungerford Dr, Rockville, MD

    Good Stuff Eatery
    303 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC

    Joe's Noodle House
    1488 Rockville Pike Ste C, Rockville, MD 20852

    Fairfax Inn Restaurant
    2946 Sleepy Hollow Rd, Falls Church, VA 22044

    Pimento Grill Restaurant
    4405 Bowen Rd SE, Washington, DC 20019

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      globalgourmand Oct 4, 2010 11:32 AM

      Cool list, can't wait to visit the DC area now for a week this fall!!

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        Bob W Oct 5, 2010 08:51 AM

        Max's felafel is world-class. Amazing food, huge portion, and great deal all rolled into one. Plus, the sandwich makers know to layer felafel balls and toppings. They are true artists. You might be tempted to order a second sandwich. NB: closed on Shabbat.

        This is one of the few food items about which I cannot help but wax rhapsodically.

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          eam531 Oct 5, 2010 09:47 AM

          Ditto!! Max's felafel is amazing ... and the guys behind the counter are really kind to newbies who have never been there before. A huge felafel sandwich with zillions of toppings is a whopping $5.95. My husband raves about the shawarma--a whole one is $7.95. Wonderful place!

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          Max's Kosher Cafe
          2319 University Blvd West, Wheaton, MD 20902

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            hamster Oct 5, 2010 11:39 AM

            That is the true Israeli style: felafel shop workers in Israel really know how to put together the sandwich carefully so that all the ingredients have been distributed evenly and you get perfect bites throughout. It is quite an art.

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              Dennis S Oct 5, 2010 12:11 PM

              But they also do good at inferring tastes. Give them a few to start with and they'll ask about others, or generalities - "you want spicy?"

        2. monkeyrotica Oct 5, 2010 06:00 AM

          1. 1/2 Pound Crabcake at Sullivan's Seafood. $11.
          2. Reuben at Deli City.
          3. Roast Beef at MGM Roast Beef in Brentwood.
          4. Smothered porkchops, collards, mac & cheese at Levi's Port Cafe.
          5. Steak & cheese, wings & mambo sauce, fries at Lucky Carryout on Pennsylvania Ave SE.

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          Deli City Restaurant
          2200 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington, DC 20018

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            fisherdm Oct 5, 2010 10:18 AM

            How have I not known about Levi's? It looks fantastic, and I'm always lamenting DC's lack of decent bbq. Good tip!

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              monkeyrotica Oct 5, 2010 10:34 AM

              I would actually pass on the barbecue: no smoke, and the sauce is far more sweet than vinegary. The pulled pork is just alright, but it's with the deep fryer that they excel, particularly the porkchops and chicken wings. The mac & cheese is a meal unto itself.

          2. DanielK Oct 5, 2010 07:19 AM

            Large bowl of #1 at Pho 75.

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              dcandohio Oct 5, 2010 08:00 AM

              Large falafel and fries at Amsterdam Falafel, with lots of garlic sauce and your favorite toppings from the topping bar.

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              Amsterdam Falafelshop
              2425 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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              csdiego Oct 5, 2010 10:37 AM

              Don't miss A&J in Rockville, not far from Joe's Noodle House. It calls itself "northern Chinese dim sum". They don't bring around a tea cart, instead you circle the items you want on the menu. Everything is scrumptious. Highlights: pork dumplings, pickled cucumbers, noodle soups.

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                Steve Oct 5, 2010 12:54 PM

                Tip about A & J: ask them for the wide noodles. You'll get the fresh, handmade noodles. This is a symbol (for ‘big’) you can use if you mark your menu: 大

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                A & J Restaurant
                1319 Rockville Pike C, Rockville, MD

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                  csdiego Oct 5, 2010 01:14 PM

                  Yeah! I tried the wide noodles for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Serious yum.

              2. Dennis S Oct 5, 2010 10:52 AM

                Second Joe's, TECC, and La Union.

                Fifth or whatever for Max's.

                Add: Halal Cart at Ballston, and pretty much most of the Pollo places.

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                La Union Restaurant
                5517 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205

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